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I have been slack with submissions this year, my focus has been on writing and editing poetry. I am delighted to receive news of current submissions and successes.

I am keeping my fingers crossed to hear more on current submissions later this month.

When I found out I was preparing my headlining set for tonight, Permission to Speak, with Rob Francis at the Scary Canary. Performing poetry is something else that has been addressed this year. There was no way either myself or my car was going to make it to another 107 events! I do enjoy performing though and look forward to any bookings!

Short break momentarily to dance around my living room doing a little happy dance.

Once this period of writing is behind me I intend to get on with some serious submission. I miss knowing my words are out there waiting.

not-a-silent-poet-grant-tarbard1 At the end of April Reuben Woolley published three poems I submitted to ‘I am not a Silent Poet’

Bomb Damage

Girls on the Ground

Weapons of War Ghanda’s Story

They were written for 16 Days of Activism Event last Autumn and performed at the Library of Birmingham.

Reuben deals with the darker side of human existence – many poets write about things that otherwise have no voice.

16 days

Tuesday evening I found out the submission deadline for a Seamus Heaney Anthology had been extended. I had great fun listening to Seamus as I penned poems of him.

I had news earlier this morning that the editors, Grant Tarbard & Bethany W. Pope, have accepted one of poems for publication.

More news on this soon.

‘Don’t Be Afraid: An Anthology to Seamus Heaney’

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